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laura meija

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meijalaura@gmail.com

+371 29357780


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LAURA MEIJA contacts:

meijalaura@gmail.com +371 29357780;

skills:

creative approach to design and concept, strong approach to site analyse, precision in model making, freehand drawing, graphic design skills, fast perception of new information, good organizator skills, great visual and verbal communication.

computer skills:

AutoCad, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premier Pro, Ms Office, MathCad, VectorWork, Google Sketchup.

education: 02.2011. – now

additional education: Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning,

11.2011

EFLA Regional Congress of Landscape Architecture “Mind the Gap” in Tallin, Estonia

25.10

“Design For All” workshop, ran by Pete Kercher (Italy), Ambassador at EIDD - Design for All Europe

Riga Technical University 09.2007. – 02.2011

Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning, Riga Technical University

01.2010. – 07.2010.

Exchange programme at Politechnical University of Valencia, Faculty of Architecture

10.2011

Experience exchange tour in Lithuania with student council of Architecture faculty of Vilnius Technical university

09.2006. – 05.2007.

Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economy, Riga Technical University, unfinished

04.2011

Seminar and tour „Sustainability in architecture” in Stockholm, guided by Arch V. Bokalders

09.2000. – 05.2006.

State Gymnasium of Sigulda

10.2009

Motivation seminar „Step 2010” organized by RTU for student council

03.2008

„Design Laboratory” workshop run by Zile Davidsone /Academy of Fine Arts/

volunteering/internship:

03.2008

„Laboratory of Light” workshop run by Ilze Kundzina /Dipl.Arch. RTU/

2007 - now

volunteer in Student council at Faculty of Architecture

2006-2007

drawing studies at a private practice of artist Laila Bogustova

12.2011

participant in Future City Game developement proposal for Sigulda Palace complex; organized by City Council of Sigulda in cooperation with British Council

2004-2005

dance studio „Dzirnas”

1998-2002

Study of Fine arts in School of Arts and Music in Sigulda

06.2011. - 09.2011

internship in City Council of Sigulda as an assistant of city architect Maija Geidane

1996-2001

piano classes at a private practice of Ingrida Dreimane

03.2011

jury member of youth film festival „Kinodroms”

languages:

02.2011 – 04.2011

participation in landscape design and realization of Aluksne courtyard during the national campaign “Big Cleanup”

fluent:

02.2009

representative of RTU Faculty of Architecture during the exhibition “School 2009”

07.2006 – 12.2006

assistant at the private practice of Arch. Gunta Graudupe

english, latvian

conversational: spanish, russian, german

interests: moviemaking, nature, snowboard


contents


04 blossom_

let it grow

above: concept left: perspective and general plan

assignment: to design energoefficient multifunctional skyscraper, ISOVER contest. site: Manhattan, NY. concept: Inspiration from Nature. Study. Play. We created a spherical shape - the largest volume, the smallest surface area, less heat loss, as well as a safer form of the aerodynamic point of view-wind fluctuations do not affect the building so much. Interior design and planning creates a healthy environment and microclimate for inhabitants - multi-storey winter garden purifies the air, positively influences people’s mood. The building is provided with natural ventilation and supplied by renewable energy and capabilities to sort and recycle waste, this is to encourage people for eco-friendly lifestyle. comment: team project with architecture students Liva Banka and Reinis Jansons. date: february 2011


below: section left: sustainability schemes below left: perspective

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composition

1: home as a shelter- emotion created by the city date: october 2008 2: playground date: march 2011 20

1: On The Edge/ pavillion by the sea material: paper date: may 2007 2: Playground material: wood date: february 2011

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science & research center

Zunda

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assignment: to design science and research center in the territory of an old textile factory. site: Riga, Latvia, left bank of Daugava River concept: Defining what is good about the existing place. Keeping sense of place, creating new image. material: rust steel, dark wood, glass. comment: team project with architecture students Liva Banka and Liene Cikanovica. date: may 2011

1: concept process 2: landscape design 3: model

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V ENTILATION

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HEATING

EQUIPM ENT

STORAGE

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WONDERS OF THE WORLD CAR PARK

HI STORY

PATI O SOUV ENIR SHOP

DI NOSAU RS

ADM INISTRATION

LOBBY TEMPORARY EXPO

KITCHEN

CAFE

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1: first floor plan 2: second floor plan 3: east facade 4: south facade 5: north facade 6: site 7: landscape design


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1: port original size: 29x21 cm medium: acrylic date: july 2009 comment: this painting is inspired by colours and light used in impressionist marinas 2: composition in 2D original size: 60x42 cm medium: aquarel date: october 2008 3: boats original size: 60x42 cm medium: acrylic date: july 2009

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3 assignment: to design a residential housing with small apartments (1-2 persons per apartment) location: old town of Valencia, Spain concept: manzana (apple) - housing is designed with its movement around central element inner greenyard, offering recreation terraces and pleasant visual experiencewhile moving through the building. comments: individual project date: march 2010

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rental apartment house

la manzana 1: model 2: south-east facade 3: section 4: site 5: sixth floor plan (next page) 6: roof plan (next page)

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12 destiny garden

meditation pavillion destiny garden is a memorial to all those people who were lost to Latvia during 20th century as the victims of totalitarian regimes. The garden is designed as a movement through different emotional states: peace, doubt, prayer, promise, solace, enlightement and desire. meditation pavillion contest: to design a meditation pavillion near the water’s edge while experiencing solace. location: Koknese, Latvia concept: “unique is a hawk who flies without moving his wings. It shows his unlimited power.� /Latvian poet I.Ziedonis/ date: november 2009 comment: team project with Liva Banka and Jevgenijs Busins.


13 1: masterplan of Bisumuiza 2: spine of the area 3: building types 4: Bisumuiza in context of Riga city

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urban planning

Bisumuiza assignment: urban plan proposal for residential area of Bisumuiza location: Bisumuiza, Riga, LV concept: most of the residential areas of Riga lack strong identity or center. Site of Bisumuiza is unique with its location and potential to create easy access to the surrounding infrastructure of capital, at the same time offering silent and natural environment for its residentials. Concept is based on creating a spine of the area - structure, that serves as a building, boulevard and transport line at the same time. The spine creates active and vivid linear center with mixed-use functions. The central residential part on platforms with free-standing mixed-type buildings offers pleasant car-free environment for inhabitants.

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comment: team project in cooperation with V.Bruzgulis, N.Saprovskis, L.Ievina, M.Rikards, N.Dufoir. date: october 2010


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residential housing

bisumuiza 1: elevation 2: section 3: perspective 4: context sketch of area

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assignment: to design apartment building in future residential area Bisumuiza, in the city of Riga. location: Bisumuiza, Riga concept: Bringing the daylight into the building, creating staircase as light and cosy semi-private space for inhabitants. comment: individual project date: december 2010

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1: north facade 2: west facade 3: concept 4: ground floor plan (offices) 5: second floor plan (apartments) 6: location

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row housing

bisumuiza

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assignment: to design compact row housing for a family location: Bisumuiza, Riga, LV concept: Building is made by considering the interaction of daylight and sustainability aspects, row houses are designed to be compact, with minimum heat loss, thus, providing garden spece in the front and backyard. Building is planned in 3 different levels: ground floor - open space for whole family to be together, 2nd floor - apartments for children, 3rd master apartment with studio and terrace. comments: individual project date: december 2010

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1: model 2: section 3: ground level 4: first level plan 5: second level plan 6: perspective

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frame to frame_ capturing different

moments on the same frame without rewinding the footage.

1_ colour of a day camera: Diana date: october 2010

2_ geometry of a place camera: Diana date: october 2010

comment: these pictures I made during lomo laboratory organised by lomo developer and freelancer in Latvia Maksim Shadursky.

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lomography

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